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Into the Wilderness Paperback – September 30, 2008
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"My favorite kind of book is the sort you live in, rather than read. Into the Wilderness is one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place. I can think of no better adventure than to explore the wilderness in the company of such engaging and independent lovers as Elizabeth and her Nathaniel."—Diana Gabaldon
"Each time you open a book you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise."—Amanda Quick
“A beautiful tale of both romance and survival…Here is the beauty as well as the savagery of the wilderness and, at the core of it all, the compelling story of the love of a man and a woman, both for the untamed land and for one another.” —Allan W. Eckert
“Lushly written…Exemplary historical fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Epic in scope, emotionally intense.” —BookPage
About the Author
Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi, a former academic and tenured university professor. Since 2000 she has been writing fiction full-time, haunting the intersection where history and storytelling meet, wallowing in nineteenth-century newspapers, magazines, street maps, and academic historical research. She is the internationally bestselling author of the Wilderness series (Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore, Lake in the Clouds, Fire Along the Sky, Queen of Swords, and The Endless Forest) as well as The Gilded Hour, the first in a new series following the descendants of characters from the Wilderness series. She lives between the Cascades and Puget Sound with her husband, daughter, Jimmy Dean (a Havanese), and Max and Bella (the cats).
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If you've read Outlander, I would say that this book is a bit more "fluffly" in its character descriptions or more dramatic without feeling as real. The storyline was excellent, if not a bit hard to follow who's related to who - with the English and Native names.
I would recommend this book and look forward to the rest of the series.
Into the Wilderness throws you right into the action from the first chapter. As you read, the action slows down because the author is laying the groundwork, like who the major players are, the main plot and the various sub plots. The main plot is rather simple. Father tricks daughter into moving from England to upstate New York by promising her a schoolhouse. All Elizabeth wants is to be able to teach all children. Very noble of her. She finds out rather quickly that her Father's scheme is to marry her to a wealthy landowner so that they can join their land (the more the merrier). Upon her marriage she will get Hidden Wolf (the name of the land) which Richard (her father's chosen suitor) wants. Enter Nathaniel, a white man raised as a Mohawk, he sees Elizabeth and the attraction is instant. I rather liked that instead of the long, drawn out romance. Nathaniel's "family" wants Hidden Wolf as they believe it is their rightful home (plus it is good for hunting). Elizabeth is caught in between all these men. Of course Elizabeth loves Nathaniel not Richard which will anger her father and Richard as their plan is thwarted but it will also alienate her against the town folks who sees her cavorting with Nathaniel as a personal insult because he considers himself more Mohawk than American. However, Elizabeth is a very spunky and determined person and she is sympathetic to the Native American cause.
Will Elizabeth choose Richard to please her father which is what she is expected to do even though it feels wrong or will she choose Nathaniel at the cost of losing family and friends but gaining so much more. Not hard to guess; however, there is more to the plot as you read along.
The reason I liked this book is because I got to learn more about Native Americans, I was able to visualize via the book's lush descriptions, the beauty of America (Upstate New York/Adirondaks) and be entertained by a complex plot with romance and action thrown in. Any book that can do that, deserves 5 stars.
First off, I am a huge Diana Gabaldon fan. I picked this up as a recommendation that I would look it since I love her work.
I thought the beginning was choppy-the main character, Elizabeth, seemed a bit prim and proper for my taste. I’m so glad I kept at it though. By the end she has developed into a character I could truly love. But because it took me a while to get into the story, I can only give it 4 stars
I bought the rest of the set, if that tells you anything.